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Man burned trying to put out gasoline fire in Huber Heights

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 9:32 AM

UPDATE @ 10:41 a.m.:

A man was burned as he tried to put a gasoline fire out inside a garage on Trowbridge Way in Huber Heights, according to firefighters.

The gas fire spread to the man’s vehicle and then spread to the garage and home, causing significant damage to the residence, firefighters said.

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The severity of the man’s injuries was not released, however he was transported to the hospital for treatment.


One person has reportedly been pulled from a home after a fire broke out in a garage of a Huber Heights home. 

Firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 8700 block of Trowbridge Way on reports of a fully involved garage fire. 

Initial reports indicate firefighters pulled an occupant from the home and requested a medic. It was not clear if they suffered any injuries. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Windy and Wet morning; Winter Weather Advisory cancelled for Northern Counties 

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the commutes for Thursday.

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Highest Wind gusts this morning: 

Wilmington 33MPH

Dayton Wright Bros Airport 31MPH

Dayton International Airport 29MPH 

Butler Co Regional Airport 28MPH

Wright Patt 25MPH


  • Slight chance for freezing rain in northern Miami Valley
  • Winds speeds currently 15 to 27 mph
  • Rounds of rain Friday, Saturday

>>Record-breaking warmth this week 


TODAY: A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect in the far north due to the possibility of light freezing rain. The best chance for freezing rain and slick roads are in Mercer, Auglaize, and Logan counties where temperatures will be close to 32 degrees. Even spots north of I-70, road sensors are showing temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s, which limits potential icy roads. Drivers in the Winter Weather Advisory locations should still take their time and watch bridges, overpasses, and elevated surfaces where, if cold enough, could see some freezing rain. Dayton area and points south will deal with a wet morning drive with steady rain through the morning. Everyone should take it slow to prevent hydroplaning. Temperatures today will be cooler in the mid 40s with dry weather for the afternoon and evening hours. 

>>5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: More rain pushes in Friday morning and will continue through most of the day. It will fall heavy at times, keeping the roads wet and the flood threat alive. Mild temperatures for the day with highs reaching around 60 degrees. They’ll be a lull in the rain at night. 

SATURDAY: The last day of widespread rain with scattered showers moving back in for the morning. Rain is expected to fall heavy at times for the afternoon and evening with thunderstorms and strong winds possible. Ponding on the roads and a flood threat to creeks, streams, and rivers will be possible as well. High peak around 60 degrees. 


SUNDAY: A cold front will wipe through the area early Sunday, bring an end to the rain. Temperatures will remain pleasant in the low to mid 50s with sunshine late in the day. 

>>County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: A nice start to the new week with sunshine, a few clouds, and no rain. It’ll be cooler with highs around 50 degrees. 

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Fairborn HS lockdown lifted following check of school

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 7:57 AM

Police at Fairborn High School

UPDATE @ 8:19 a.m.:

The lockdown at Fairborn High School has been lifted after police checked the building following a threat made on social media involving “SHS.”

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Fairborn High School is on a precautionary lockdown this morning on recommendation from police after various threats have been talked about in the area, school officials said.

The lockdown was in place at 7:50 a.m. and officials said there are no specific threats targeting the district.

We’re working to learn more. 

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School shootings: Hundreds of local students walk out, more planned

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Students at the Dayton Regional STEM School walked out of school Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in memory of the 17 individuals who died during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward, Fla. WILL GARBE / STAFF
Students at the Dayton Regional STEM School walked out of school Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in memory of the 17 individuals who died during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward, Fla. WILL GARBE / STAFF

Stirred by their peers in Florida who last week survived one of the nation’s most deadly school shootings, students and some faculty at high schools across the Dayton area walked out of class Wednesday to memorialize the dead and harden their legacy.

The walkouts by several hundred students at Dayton Regional STEM School, Miami Valley School and Tippecanoe High School, among others, come amid a small but growing national movement of high school students following the slaughter of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Fla.


» Dayton STEM students walk out to support Florida school shooting victims

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The local walkouts were largely apolitical, focusing on school safety and remembering the dead as opposed to advocating for stricter gun control or mental health resources.

Tipp City Schools Superintendent Gretta Kumpf characterized the walk out of 200 Tippecanoe students as an action “in support of safer schools.”

“We saw this idea online and were talking to a student at the (Florida) high school,” Huthayfa Usman, 17, a senior at the Dayton Regional STEM School in Kettering. “This is a lot more than politics. This was not meant to be a political thing. This was strictly meant to be in support of the victims.”

But school walkouts planned for coming days will no doubt be political, channeling into activism a mix of fear and frustration amid the specter of being the next addition on America’s list of school shooting victims.

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Students at Kettering Fairmont High School are arranging two walkouts in coming weeks, according to students and administrators who are aware of the planning. One, on March 14, will honor the victims in Florida. The other, to be held on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, will focus on pressuring Congress to protect students.

“We’re protesting Congress’ lack of action to protect students in schools,” said Meigan Karolak, a Fairmont sophomore. “I cannot speak for everybody in the movement, but I personally just would like to see the process of owning a gun to be more difficult — more intensive background searches — so that people who are buying these guns … will use these in a way that will not hurt others.”

As the tone and intent of the walkouts shifts from commemorative to political, a question of legal consequence — How do we treat these protests? — now faces school administrators.

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The First Amendment gives students the right to engage in political speech, even at school, said Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, in an email. However, LoMonte said the First Amendment does not protect students against disciplinary consequences for the non-speech aspects of student conduct.

“There is no ‘political speech’ exception to the rule against truancy,” said LoMonte. “Many administrators will use discretion not to impose disciplinary consequences when students are engaged in an especially compelling cause, so just because you have the authority doesn’t mean you’re required to use it.”

Punishment for truancy is a concern, but would likely not deter Fairmont students, Karolak said.

“I think when it comes down to it, if we get in trouble, it’s much more important to stand up for something like this than get something like a truancy,” the 15-year-old said.

Fairmont Principal Tyler Alexander said he is working with students and other administrators to plan how the school will handle the walkouts, but cautioned the district has not yet decided on whether students would face consequences.

“Sorry I am unable to answer your question about consequences,” Alexander wrote Karolak in an email. “Right now, I am unsure what those will be, if any. It is imperative we are consistent district wide, thus it will take some time to get everything in place.”

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LoMonte said schools could get in legal trouble for imposing disciplinary consequences on student protesters is if the disciplinary authority is used in a selective way.

“So if the school has a written policy that a student can be excused from school by presenting a written parental note, and the student protester does bring in a parental note, the school has to honor that note on the same terms with any other parental excuse,” LoMonte said. “… if the policy says ‘you may have an excused absence only in the event of personal or family medical issues’ then the school is free to discipline students for walking out, even with a parental note.”

Kettering police patrolled the Dayton Regional STEM School walkout Wednesday at the request of school administrators. In an interview, Alexander told the Dayton Daily News he is concerned Fairmont students could become a soft target for violence if they walk out of school at a publicized date and time. “Students are most safe within our walls, not outside our walls,” he said.

Alexander also expressed concern for students who choose not to participate in a walkout, especially if teachers elect to join.

“If a teacher wants to participate and only 20 out of 25 students in a class want to participate, we can’t leave five students unattended in class,” he said.

Kettering district officials will meet next week to plan ahead of the organized walkouts.

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Is it really a cold? Here’s how to know if you have winter allergies

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:56 AM

Holding Back a Sneeze Can Be Dangerous

Sniffling, sneezing and a runny nose are tell-tale signs of the common cold, but it could be winter allergies.

Allergy sufferers usually get a break when the weather gets colder, but allergy symptoms could kick up even in the winter months for some people. If you’re symptoms last more than 10 days, it’s probably not a cold. A fever is also a good indicator that it’s the cold or flu, not allergies, according to Flonase.

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When it gets cold and your furnace kicks on, it can send dust and mold spores into the air. They can get into your nose and launch a reaction. Commons allergy triggers include dust mites, mold, pet dander or pet saliva.

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“With a cold, first you feel crummy, then you’re sick and then gradually your symptoms go away,” says Joan Lehach, an integrative medicine physician, told The Washington Post. “Allergies last longer.”

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggests sufferers minimize their exposure to indoor allergens by vacuuming frequently, washing bedding in hot waters and removing mold with bleach.


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